The 2009 Rose has made it to the bottle and it’s a beauty. Like the 2008 experimental release it’s just slightly off dry – the French call that demi-sec. It has the same shining pink colour, the same rich roses and crushed strawbwrries burst of flavour and that same tart citrus bite at the end but now it has something we can’t quite describe that takes it a step further. Whereas the 2008 had distinct sweet and sour flavours the 2009 is now an integrated whole. Now it just tastes “right.” – it’s made from Grenache grapes.
The 2008 wine was made from Shiraz and Shiraz is a great workhorse grape. You can make almost anything from it ranging from port through sparkling to even a passable dry white if you use activated charcoal to remove the red pigment. But its real purpose in life is to make big gutsy reds and anything else is kind of dumbing down which is what happens when you use it for Rose. To order on line now click here www.tomswaterhole.com.au/shopdisplayproducts.asp
Grenache, on the other hand, seems destined for Rose from the moment you see those dusty rust red berries on the vine and so it has proved for us. The new release is everything you loved about the 2008 but adds a length and depth that really does make it the red wine drinker’s white wine. To recognise this we have elevated it from our Humper’s range to equal billing with our Semillon and Chardonnay as a premium label wine. the only difference (apart, of course that the label is pink) is that it does not bear a vintage date. This is a statement by us that we don’t think you should cellar it. It’s a wine made for drinking while it is fresh and alive. A few years age will only weary it.